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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 FZ300 Review

We review the new Panasonic Lumix FZ330, an ultra zoom bridge camera with a constant f/2.8 zoom lens, plus 4K video recording.

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 (aka FZ300) is a 12 megapixel bridge camera, which updates the FZ200, and features a bright f/2.8 aperture 24x optical zoom lens equivalent to 25-600mm in 35mm terms, 4K photo and video recording, a high resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), a vari-angle touch screen and a weather-sealed body.

Panasonic Lumix FZ330 (FZ300) Features

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The 24x optical zoom Leica lens features a constant f/2.8 aperture, equivalent to 25-600mm in 35mm terms, and also features 5-axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), plus a nano surface coating to minimise ghosting and flare, as well as providing a deep lens hood in the box with the camera. The lens can focus on subjects just 1cm away from the front of the lens for impressive macro photographs. 

The Panasonic Lumix FZ330 records 4K video (3840x2160, 25p), as well as 4K photo at 30fps producing 8-megapixel images. The three options when shooting 4K photo are: 

  • 4K burst (30fps), records while the shutter is pressed
  • 4K burst Start/Stop, records after you've pressed the shutter release button and stops when you press it again
  • 4K Pre-burst shooting, the camera records images before and after you've pressed the shutter release

The camera also records Full HD video with Dolby Stereo sound, as well as high-speed 200fps / 100fps video at a reduced VGA and HD resolution respectively.

The FZ330 uses the same sensor as the FZ200, but now features a new Venus engine giving ISO6400 as the highest ISO setting available. Various shooting modes are included, along with P/A/S/M manual controls, custom, intelligent Auto, numerous scene modes and creative effects as well as raw shooting. Built in raw image development is available in camera and there are highlight / shadow control options. The camera also features multi-exposure and wide panoramic shooting. 

The camera is splash and dust proof, with a high-resolution vari-angle touchscreen, along with a high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder with a 1440K dot resolution. DFD (Depth from defocus) Technology gives Light Speed AF performance, and is a technology that was introduced with the Panasonic Lumix GH4.

Wi-Fi connectivity lets you shoot remotely, transfer and share images, as well as add geotag location information to your photos from your smartphone. The Panasonic Image App is available for iOS and Android devices. 

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Key Features

  • 24x optical zoom Leica lens, 25-600mm (equivalent), f/2.8 constant aperture
  • 12.1mp high sensitivity MOS, 1/2.33inch sensor
  • 0.7x 1440k dot EVF with eye sensor
  • 3inch 1040k touch LCD screen
  • 5-axis hybrid OIS+
  • ISO100 to ISO6400
  • 12fps continuous shooting, 6fps with AFC
  • 4K photo / video, stereo sound recording
  • 1cm macro mode
  • Wi-Fi / QR code connection
  • 3.5mm microphone socket
  • Splash / dustproof with weather-sealed body
  • 380 shot battery life

Panasonic Lumix FZ330 (FZ300) Handling

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330 (known as the FZ300 elsewhere) matches the design style of the FZ1000, GH4, and G7 with additional zoom and focus controls on the lens barrel. There is a mic socket on the side, plus a vari-angle touchscreen on the rear. The battery and memory compartment are both under the weather-sealed camera, and you can see the foam weather sealing when this is open. 

Build quality is very good with the camera feeling very sturdy, despite being made from plastic. There is a large rubber hand-grip surrounding the right-hand side of the camera, and this extends to the rear of the camera to give your thumb a good area to hold on to. The control wheel is neatly placed so that your thumb can easily reach this and adjust it.

The camera has a logical layout of controls with most of them accessible using your right hand. When holding the camera with two hands, which is recommended for a stable grip, then the controls on the left of the camera are easy to reach. 

The electronic viewfinder (EVF), or Live View Finder (LVF) as Panasonic like to call it, has a large rubber surround as well as an eye detection sensor so that the camera will automatically switch to the EVF when held up to your eye. Another feature of this is Eye-sensor AF - meaning that the camera automatically starts focusing, when the camera is held up to your eye. The view through the EVF matches the screen in colour, and both the EVF and screen are very quick to refresh making them enjoyable to use. The screen also has very good viewing angles. 

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Menus – The Panasonic menus are neatly arranged, over several screens, and the options each have built in guides to let you know what you are doing. You can also use the Quick (Q) menu button to bring up on screen a number of the more commonly changed options available. 

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Image App Menu

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Remote Operation

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Wi-Fi features - Built-in Wi-Fi means you can connect the FZ330 to your smartphone for remote shooting and playback, using the Panasonic Image App, which is available for iOS and Android devices. Unfortunately, the camera doesn't have built-in NFC, which can make it easier to setup the connection with smartphones that have NFC. You can also setup playback on a compatible TV, send images while shooting, and send images stored in the camera. Jump mode uses your smartphone's motion sensor to detect when you have jumped and is designed to get a photo of you in mid-air. You can also use the app to add GPS data to your photos.

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Battery life - Battery life is rated at 380 shots according to Panasonic / CIPA test results, which is good for this class of camera, although extended use of Wi-Fi is likely to reduce battery life further. 

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pablophotographer 11 2.2k 443
18 Aug 2015 1:16PM
Yeah It should have focal length markings on the barrel, do you hear that Panasonic?
I'll exchange my FZ45 when you do so, lol
Niknut Plus
13 3.6k 82 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2015 4:40PM
Mmmmmm....can't see much improvement, if any, over my FZ45 ??

Image quality looks the same, lens zoom range same.......perhaps the EVF has a slightly higher
resolution, or is it the video capabilities that's been 'upped' ?.....I never use video anyway, so there's
no reason to 'upgrade' !!!......Love my FZ45 anyway !!!!!!!!!.Grin
18 Aug 2015 11:01PM
mmmmh... just arrived today a Fz45 that I bid in eBay for 47€.... and it is my 15th camera ....end is very Nice.
I' m starting love the fz45 ....color exposure....etc.
maybe I will bid for a "old" fz200
19 Aug 2015 5:48PM
You might find that once you look through the EVF, you might be tempted ! The problem I see is that it is about the same price as the FZ1000 which is quite superb, I cannot see anybody buying this one.
20 Aug 2015 9:01AM
Obviously a nice camera. It is a clever evolution of the the FZ200 but I wonder whether it is really worth the expense if you consider that the FZ1000 is only 25% pricier. I think I will keep my FZ200 until further developpments.
Kawika 9 7
11 Sep 2015 11:16PM
So, Pablo, what is your point?
Kawika 9 7
11 Sep 2015 11:35PM
It's very strange to claim that somehow the FZ45 is remotely comparable.
A few obvious and significant advantages of the FZ330 include:
mic port
articulated screen
screen 1040k vs 230k
touch screen
1440k dot EVF v 201k dot
video 4K, also true HD (1080) vs 720
ISO max 6400 vs 1600
hotshoe for flash
weather sealed
much quicker AF
much better IS
max shutter speed 1/16000s vs 1/2000s
max tele aperture 2.80 vs 5.20
much larger pixels

If you're only shooting the children's birthday parties or holiday snapshots for FaceBook, the FZ45 is probably good enough. But if you want room to improve you photography, capture elusive moments in bad light or with quick action, it is hopelessly outclassed compared to the FZ330.
14 Sep 2015 11:26AM
After reading the review ... I just how a very nice fz45 I purchased a fz200 in ebay .... Better in everything!!! Very fast AF like my 500d better colour and exposition of 500d and rarely You need more than 800ISO to shoot ... My best camera st the moment ( I have 2 dsrl and 3 m43) expecially for colour rnditition if You shoot in jpg
StrayCat 19 19.1k 3 Canada
26 Sep 2015 12:04AM
With the FZ1000 having a sensor 4 times the size of the FZ330's, I don't see choosing the 330, evev with the longer, brighter? lens. What interests me with the FZ1000 is the Photo Video feature producing 8mp stills; I wonder how those compare in size with each other?
19 Mar 2016 10:03AM
I own this camera, I went through a few reviews of this camera before I replaced my FZ200, one thing is not mentioned, moving the LCD screen from its parked position, on the FZ200 was very awkward and fiddly, Panasonic have addressed this and it's very easy on the FZ330, the other thing I have to say is the electronic viewfinder is so much better you will never want to use the F200 again.
22 Jul 2016 4:02PM
Attention à l'arnaque : Design tropicalisé et semi-étanche

Je souhaitais vous faire part de ma mésavanture avec un FZ300 qui avait 8 mois donc toujours sous garantie constructeur.
Nous avions choisi cet appareil pour son design tropicalisé car nous faisons beaucoup de voyages exotiques.
Au bout de 8 mois et de 3 voyages, problème d'autofocus.
Nous le ramenons à la FNAC qui le renvoie à panasonic qui nous répond " Traces d'oxydation" pour les réparations vous devez payer 350 euros ( la moitié du prix de l'appareil).
Le problème c'est que nous n'avons jamais approché cet appareil de l'eau!!!
Panasonic n'a rien voulu entendre, ni même se remettre en question et nous a renvoyé sur la FNAC (revendeur) et sur Nicken Techno ( entreprise qui effectuent leurs tests). Nous avons même essayé de contacter directement leur service SAV et leur service commercial sans plus de succès.
C'est dommage sans cela c'était un bon appareil jusqu'à ce qu'il tombe en panne.
pablophotographer 11 2.2k 443
22 Nov 2016 12:30AM
Karolyn said this: (Google translate)

''Attention to the scam: Tropicalized and semi-waterproof design

I wanted to tell you about my experience with a FZ300 that was 8 months so always under manufacturer's warranty.
We chose this camera for its tropical design because we do a lot of exotic travel.
After 8 months and 3 trips, autofocus problem.
We bring it back to the FNAC which returns it to panasonic who answers us "Traces of oxidation" for the repairs you have to pay 350 euros (half the price of the device).
The problem is that we never approached this device with water !!!
Panasonic did not want to hear, even question itself and referred us to the FNAC (reseller) and Nicken Techno (company that carry out their tests). We even tried to contact their service and sales department directly without any further success.
It is a pity without it it was a good device until it breaks down.''

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